Season 5 is now well underway. 6 matches in and I am mid-table. Form has been indifferent. Still well in the running for European places, and a few wins would see me dreaming of a title challenge, but my feeling is that I’ll be mid-table at season’s end. We will see though.
I already know that I am going to need players – good players – and lots of them, to make any real and lasting headway against the PES2018 Superstar AI.
One of the gratifying things about this year’s PES is that it shows no signs of buckling as the seasons tick by.
By this time last PES, and the PES before, I was already fairly certain of how the next few seasons after my first in the top flight would pan out. I knew that I’d continue to churn through the identikit AMF/SS players until I settled on the formula that would deliver the league title and consistent success thereafter.
That was then. This is now, and PES2018 is all the better for it.
The downsides of PES in the current era have not gone away. The fast-flowing style of play is not to my liking. I now accept that this problem won’t ever go away. I’ve got a gaming PC on the way. The PC platform is the future for me and PES, or nothing is.
Konami’s vision is firmly set in favour of multiplayer, and for this new-fangled thing called fun. I’ve remarked before on how ‘fun’ has emerged from the shadows to become mysteriously enshrined as the principal quality that we’re meant to admire in PES, or in any football game. Somehow, it has come to pass unchallenged that PES ‘was always about fun’.
Objection, your honour.
PES was never ‘always about fun’. Never, never, never, never, never. Never.
It was fun, no question, but it was about so much more than fun that to claim it was ‘always about fun’ is to retrospectively dilute what PES used to be.
To illustrate what I mean, I’d draw an analogy between old PES and a TV show like Breaking Bad. The TV show was my life a few years ago and remains the yardstick against which other shows are judged.
Would anybody say that Breaking Bad was fun? Perhaps in many aspects yes, fun would be an appropriate descriptor, but the sheer depth, breadth, height, and multi-sided roundness of the Breaking Bad package as a whole was not one that could sensibly be characterised as ‘fun’.
PES of old was Breaking Bad. PES of now is more like Doctor Who. Yes indeed, lots of fun, but the sci-fi is soft and fluffy, and there’s far too much chasing up and down corridors.
Eh, whatever. One day I might stop going on about all this stuff. That day is not today.
p.s. the Breaking Bad analogy holds good whether you liked/have seen Breaking Bad or not.